Training announced for fish farmers

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) is launching professional development training for finfish and shellfish aquaculturists.

The initiative is focused on expanding aquaculture in the Coast of Bays and Green Bay regions.

Instructors from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University will deliver the training starting this month in the Bay dEspoir area.

Sessions will cover labour issues, safety, workforce skill development, and opportunities for expansion.

The NAIA anticipates 30 sessions being held over a three-year period, with up to a dozen happening in the Coast of Bays and Green Bay.

Those will focus on best practices and opportunities for salmonid and mussel farming.

Greater training will enable the sector to compete in the global marketplace while providing advanced training in a technologically advanced industry that produces high-quality, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable food, Cyr Couturier, the NAIAs executive director, said in a release.

Innovation, Trade and Rural Development invested $137,077 in the initiative, while Fisheries and Aquaculture put $26,819 for it.

I am confident that with continued education and collaboration, the provinces aquaculture industry will realize its fullest potential and position itself as a world leader, said Shawn Skinner, minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development.

The provinces aquaculture industry had exports valued at $63 million in 2008.

Organizations: Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University

Geographic location: Bays, Green Bay

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